Supply Chain Crisis: California Ports Reportedly Among 'Least Efficient' in the World

Nick Kangadis | October 22, 2021
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President Joe Biden’s regime can frame the supply chain crisis and economic failures any way they want. It doesn’t change the fact that those things are happening, and they’re happening on their watch. The proof is in the pudding.

According to a new report recently released by the World Bank — so take this news how you will — and IHS Markit, the California ports that have seen a record number backlog of cargo ships waiting to be unloaded are among the least efficient in the world.

According to Reuters:

In a review of 351 container ports around the globe, Los Angeles was ranked 328, behind Tanzania's Dar es Salaam and Alaska's Dutch Harbor. The adjacent port of Long Beach came in even lower, at 333, behind Turkey's Nemrut Bay and Kenya's Mombasa, the groups said in their inaugural Container Port Performance Index published in May.

The total number of ships waiting to unload outside the two adjacent ports hit a new all-time record of 100 on Monday.

You read that correctly. Only 23 ports that were part of the report are worse than Los Angeles.

Perhaps one of the problems is the size of the L.A. port.

According to Alcott Global, who “provides Executive Search solutions for the world’s top companies in eCommerce, supply chain, logistics, and tech in transportation,” six of the top 10 largest container ports in the world in 2020 reside in China. The other four are in Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong and Rotterdam.

The port efficiency ranking report noted that “just four U.S. ports cracked the top 100 - Philadelphia (83), the Port of Virginia (85), New York & New Jersey (89) and Charleston, South Carolina (95).”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Thursday that his state’s ports “have capacity” to help in alleviating the backlog of shipping vessels and containers.

“We’ve got capacity and all of our ports can offer these businesses good incentives if they reroute their ships," DeSantis said. "If you were going to sit off the coast for days on end, you might as well bring it to Florida. We have great logistics on the ground that can get it to market and we are happy to be able to step up because there are empty shelves.”

Any way you slice it, California and the federal government’s response to the shipping container problem on the West Coast has fallen well short of meeting the needs of the American people.